The third-seeded Watertown-Mayer softball team defeated sixth-seeded Fridley, 2-0, in the first round of the Section 5AA playoffs on Friday, May 17, but later was defeated by Rockford, 7-1, and by Mound Westonka, 6-5, and was knocked out of the playoffs.
The Royals finished the season with an overall record of 13-9.
Royals 2, Fridley 0
Playing in rainy conditions in a first-round home game, the Royals got a stellar outing in the circle from Lily Reinert as they shut out Fridley.
Reinert, went all-seven innings, throwing a complete-game, nine-strikeout two-hitter. Reinert also scored what proved to be the winning run in the first inning, and the Royals also tacked on another in the fourth.
Amanda Wabbe went 2-for-2 with an RBI to lead the Royals’ offense, and Chelsea Wandersee was 2-for-3. The Royals won despite only six hits as a team.
Rockford 7, Royals 1
Taylor Moynagh led off the game on a triple and gave the Royals a 1-0 lead on Reinert’s sacrifice, but the Royals would record just one hit and no runs the rest of the way as second-seeded Rockford took control in a second-round game in Delano on Tuesday, May 22.
Ashley Wiswell had the only other hit for the Royals, a single to lead off the fourth inning. Reinert took the loss for the Royals in the circle.
Mound-Westonka 6, Royals 5
Fourth-seeded Mound-Westonka scored all six runs in the final two innings as the Whitehawks rallied from a 4-0 deficit to steal a win from the Royals and keep their season alive.
Watertown-Mayer got one run in the third inning when Moynagh drove in Alexa Anderson with a triple, and they added three more in the fifth when Moynagh hit another two-run triple and Chelsea Wandersee homered.
However, Mound-Westonka scored three runs in the sixth to climb within a run, and added three more in the seventh. An RBI single in the seventh from Wandersee wasn’t enough for the Royals to keep their season alive.
Watertown-Mayer pounded out 13 hits, including a 4-for-4 performance from Wiswell. Moynagh was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two triples and Wandersee was 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs.
Christine Kreatz took the loss in the circle. She gave up six runs, but only three of them earned, in seven innings of work.
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